Tips For a Better Lawn on the Cheap
- Maintain a compost bin.
- Use a mulching lawnmower.
- Plant shade trees.
- Plant perennials.
- Don’t water your lawn.
- Only cut your grass when you’re confident rain is coming in the near future.
- If you have to water your lawn due to homeowners agreements or the like, water only when there are signs of drought stress.
- Set your mower blade to the highest setting.
- If you have weeds, start by figuring out your soil pH.
Water and your Lawn
The Simple Dollar says he only cuts his grass when there is a 60% chance of rain in the next 48 hours.
This is really great advice, and I’m going to start following this myself.
Cut Your Grass High
I’ve always done this, but I never really knew why.
The Simple Dollar explains that cutting grass high shades the soil below which keeps the moisture locked in.
This I simply had never heard of.
The Simple Dollar suggests you call your local extension offices, as many will test your soil pH for free.
Grass typically grows best with a pH of around 6.5. If you see a lot of dandelions, that means your soil pH is a bit high – usually around 7.5. If your pH is higher than 6.5, you should dust your soil with gardener’s sulfur. If it’s below 6.5, you should dust it with lime.